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  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

  • February 2015
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Pargny-sur-Sauix to Vitry-le-Francois

Posted by contentedsouls on 04/02/2015

7 locks and 19 kilometres

We had lunch out yesterday at the local bar/restaurant and then consulted the weather forecast. The temperatures over the next several days were between –3 and –5, so it was pretty certain that we needed to move today or we’d be iced in. We booked passage to leave at 10 this morning. As the car is back in Bar-le-Duc we wanted to make sure we could get to Vitry-le-Francois and take the train to Bar-le-Duc to retrieve the car so all eventualities are covered to collect the No Problems on Monday.

Set off in glorious sunshine today and breaking ice. Cold but gorgeous – so fabulous to lose those grey, grey days which we’ve seen far too many of throughout January. Broke the first lock beam of the day and hey ho it went to ‘set’ , one red and one green light – yeah! Somebody remembered we were on the move (makes a change) so no phone call required.

A man on the bank waved to me and then engaged us in conversation in the first lock. He then jumped in his vehicle and met us at the second lock with the gift of 3 croissants (sorry Kevin) and a little bottle of his homemade Mirabelle 52% proof spirit – how lovely was that!

We made great ice breaking progress into the 3rd lock of the day – and, unusually, without the escort of a man in a VNF van – except it didn’t want to empty. So when we ‘phoned; the man in the van was way back in Bar-le-Duc and given that it was 3 minutes to 12.00, it didn’t bode well!

We hung a rope round a bollard and came in to tackle some chores whilst we waited.

15-02-04 1344515-02-04 1344615-02-04 1345215-02-04 1345515-02-04 13460The rest of the trip was entirely uneventful and I walked some of it with the boys in the beautiful weather. we’ve moored at Vitry where, for some people, it would not be ideal but we have our front end in and it’s safe for Daisy cat and the dogs with good access to the town. We’re happy; it can freeze it’s socks off now – we’re in easy walking distance to collect Sue and Vic. Me happy? You bet!


4 Responses to “Pargny-sur-Sauix to Vitry-le-Francois”

  1. Kevin TOO said

    I’ll forgive you the croissants reference… just this once 😉
    Amazingly I have discovered a very acceptable croissant in Derby just recently…
    not from an artisan bakery, no, but from Tesco Express of all places !! LOL


  2. Alistair said

    With 52% spirits on board, you’ll not need to worry about the dropping temperatures!


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